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I would guess one of the reasons the US job market is much more dynamic than the Canadian one is explained by differences in labor laws in the two countries. Many states in the US have at-will employment, lower unionization rates, lower minimum wages and health care coverage is far from automatic. For a worker in a substandard (non-union, low wage, no benefits and sometimes hazardous) position, the incentive to find a job with a better wage and benefits is very high.

Some demographic factors are also in play: the population is younger, the illegal immigration problem is much more acute, and the birth rate is higher in the US.

That spike of hires and fires in 2002 is when I discovered doing manual labour in a warmer winter city meant the only employers that would hire workers with a sketchy work history were sketchy temp agencies.

State budgets are mandated to balance and Harper has frozen transfers payments to provinces (IDK for how many years/decades). If the choice is to fund SUV manufacturing or to fund hospital premature baby incubator wards, I know what I'd choose. Seriously, retrain them as nurses and nursing home contruction workers and carpenters. Give the money to Bombardier, Zenn and MDS instead.

Can you estimate the number of jobs that will be lost because of the consumption that will be foregone due to the $4 billion having being taken out of the economy in order to give it to the car companies?

I agree with the public interest in preventing more catastrophic factor market structural adjustments in the near future.

There are additional reasons for directing public support to the auto sector.

The auto sector exhibits significant sunk costs in terms of equipment, labour, component and consumer service networks.

Instead of 'profit-shifting' a la Brander and Spence, public support in Canada will prevent 'profit evaporation'.

Compared to other stressed sectors such as forestry, the auto sector has despite public support managed to shed and readjust capacity relatively quickly over the years. These bail-outs will not prevent the on-going rationalization of the Detroit 3.

The auto sector is a critical component of the NA Defence Industrial Base. A slower and more orderly rationalization would be in the interests of national and continental security.

I remember going to a swearing in ceremony for new engineers in the Cambridge area, about a decade ago. Each of the new engineers gave a little speech mentioning their current employment and, having grown up in a more eastern part of Ontario, I was struck by how many were directly or indirectly involved in the auto industry, all but two or three out of group of 30 or more if I recall correctly.

Auto industry woes have already made Windsor an outlier in national housing price statistics, and although I have only gut feel and anecdote to back it up, I suspect that a sudden failure of the big three (i.e. if they were to stop all operation and close all plants, and all their suppliers went bankrupt, and all the marginal businesses that depend on revenue from auto workers to stay afloat went under) would have effects far beyond the impression your post gives, although I agree with your conclusion that, spread out over a long enough period of time, the closure would be more manageable.

Here's an excellent example of what I've been trying ineptly to say:

...Eisenhower's interstates are an essential part of our culture. ... In 1956, Eisenhower likely didn't fully realize that he was creating not just a public works program but an economic and social blueprint for the next 50 years..."

The world, needless to say, cannot repeat this elsewhere and least of all in North America. There is again a need for a comprehensive rewrite of both the industrial and technological basis for modernity.

Exchanging auto plants for nursing homes does not sound feasible. Labor adds more value to the product in agricultural and industrial production than in nursing home service. It is productivity in those sectors that permits the existence of nursing homes and preemie units. Developing countries cannot develop by building hospitals and nursing homes first.

Well you could just let boomers dehydrate to death in a pool of their own feces in the back of a Canadian-made Chevy Impala. Given the boomers lack of voting in Universal Daycare or an environment platform, it wouldn't be an unjust outcome...

Just-in-time inventory management is another one of the modern wrinkles at play behind the push for public bail-outs of the auto sector.

Apparently, Toyoto may modify practices to ease burdens on suppliers:

Here is the link: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=a67TdTDZscbQ&refer=home

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